The boxing world lost another prospect, this time it is Alejandro Gonzalez Jr. He was 23 years old.
He was found dead in a car near his home in Guadalajara, Mexico on December 9 according to local authorities. Tim Smith, vice president of communications for Premier Boxing Champions, laments the passing of the young boxer in talking to ESPN.
"Everyone at Premier Boxing Champions is profoundly saddened by the death of Alejandro Gonzalez Jr," Smith said. "He was a fantastic boxer with a bright future. It is a tragic loss for the boxing community. We offer our deepest condolences to his family and pray for them as they cope with the loss of their beloved 'Cobrita.'"
Gonzalez was a former world title challenger when he fought Carl Frampton back in July 2015. Gonzalez lost the fight via unanimous decision, but not before Gonzalez knocked Frampton down twice in the first round of the fight. Frampton expressed his sadness of the death of his former rival on Twitter.
It is the second death of a prospect this week, with undefeated welterweight prospect Ed Brown being fatally shot on December 4 in his hometown of Chicago.
Gonzalez had a 25-3-3 record with 15 knockouts. His last fight was a majority draw in October against Hector Bobadilla at the Arena Coliseo of Guadalajara. He is also the son of former two-time world champion Alejandro Gonzalez.